Wilmington Friends School

Wilmington Friends School is a private Preschool-12 school in unincorporated New Castle County, Delaware, United States, near Wilmington.[2] It is affiliated with the Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers.

Wilmington Friends School
101 School Road


United States
Coordinates39°46′07″N 75°33′02″W / 39.7685°N 75.5505°W / 39.7685; -75.5505
TypePrivate school
Religious affiliation(s)Society of Friends
Established1748 (276 years ago) (1748)
CEEB code080160
Head of schoolKenneth E. Aldridge
Teaching staff74.1 (on an FTE basis)[1]
GradesPreschool - 12[1]
Enrollment694 (includes 46 PK students) (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio8.7[1]



The school was founded in 1748 by members of the Wilmington Monthly Meeting of Friends.[3]

Of the school, Delaware historian Benjamin Ferris wrote in the 19th century, "Thousands of children have there received the first rudiments of an English education."[4]

In 1937, the Friends School moved from its original site to its current location in Alapocas, just outside the city of Wilmington. In 2019, it was announced that the school was selling its lower school building and constructing a new lower school on the middle and upper school campus. The building and about 20 acres of property is planned to be sold to the pharmaceutical research company Incyte.[5]

Notable alumni



  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Wilmington Friends School". nces.ed.gov. US Department of Education. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Home". Wilmington Friends School. Retrieved 2021-02-14. 101 School Road Wilmington, DE 19803 - The school is not in the Wilmington city limits, as seen in a comparison with the zoning map as of July 2021. The Wilmington Friends School is indicated on the map as being outside the Wilmington city limits.
  3. ^ Hillegas, Jeanette O (October 1975). "Wilmington Friends School--1748". Independent School Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-02-08. This is another brief account of one of the seventeen member schools founded in the United States before 1776.
  4. ^ Ferris, Benjamin (1846). A history of the original settlements on the Delaware. Wilson & Heald. p. 298.
  5. ^ "Incyte to buy Friends school campus for $50M". Delaware Business Times. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Joseph, Adam. "Joe Biden and Me". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  7. ^ "WFS Summer 2013 Magazine". Issuu. p. 31. Retrieved 20 December 2020.